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#242

Just to correct the beginning notion of this discussion, steam does not decide regional pricing, publishers do, though I’m sure they have some standard templates to use. Steam makes it possible but it is up to the people putting their games up for sale whether they want to offer regional prices or not. GOG offers the same functionality and were even better about it for a long while, so if this is the reason you’re discounting them then you might want to check them out again.

Why a tiny island nation or individual African country does not get their own price adjusted region is simply because they’re too small a market to warrant the effort of figure out what a representative pricing would be compared to the market they represent. It’s unfortunate and feels unfair I’m sure but I think it’s also perfectly understandable.


#243

this is not true; I’ve posted proof before that it was impossible to provide regional pricing on Steam in this region before; there is no specific Africa or North-African region for example, only “international” so publishers can’t choose regional pricing for these countries, except by including ALL “international zone” countries, which includes rich Gulf countries, for example, and obviously no publisher would want to sell cheaper to those customers

I do believe South Africa has its own pricing, but that is only because Steam provides that option for that country

there is a petition for that online @Fraggles see:

and this is Valve’s response:

“Steam is always working with publishers to adjust prices to be in line with what can be found at local retailers and online shops.At this time, we do not have further information regarding prices or change in currency for your specific region.”

so pls stop saying Steam does provide regional pricing; it does not, cuz many countries, both rich and poor are just lumped together under “international”

meanwhile:

Valve basically pretends these countries don’t even exist, and as long as they do so, developers don’t have the option to sell cheaper to these individual countries


#244

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#245

that’s complete BS given that you could simply group those poor countries together just the same :thinking:

and as stated before on several occasions: Epic somehow is doing it :thinking:

and just checking out a few recognized tables on international standards of living and grouping countries together according is hardly a lot of work now, is it? :thinking:


#246

You’re choosing to completely misrepresent what I’m saying here. You appear to be talking about one specific region you want more segmented where as I’m CLEARLY talking about regions as a concept alone.

It is completely obvious that steam does offer the option of regional pricing. There are regional prices on steam, they’re not perfectly regionally representative which is also part of what I said.

Your quote of steam saying them working with publishers to secure regional prices again backs up what I said: It’s not up to steam to decide prices, it’s publishers.

Whatever plan you or I could think up that might be a better solution is rather pointless speculation, the point is those plans are not in effect for whatever reason. My guess is that it’s simply too much work to bother with based on the amount of sales those markets represent.

Once you start making more specific segmentation others are going to start wanting special treatment too. Larger countries have income and living standard discrepancies within them and maybe it would make sense to charge people differently in different regions of Canada too. Maybe steam should start going through public tax records and start issuing personalized prices to everyone based on how much money they made last year?

I mean you live in a region that’s worse off than I do, but I’m fairly certain you have a larger net worth than me.


#247

could you please tell me what region that is? What region is the “international” region?

by not implementing regional pricing, they are making it impossible for those markets to buy the product in the first place

that might be the case, just as it might not, but that’s rly besides the point; i’m not asking for regional pricing for myself; I’m asking for regional pricing for poor countries, including those I don’t live in (that ofc does not change the fact that I’d happily buy games at reduced prices if i can, even with steam wallet monopoly money)


#248

Maybe we should ask someone that may have some first hand knowledge in this regard. @yitzilitt

Q: How does regional pricing work on steam?


#249

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#250

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#251

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